Christopher Reuben Smith

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Christopher Reuben “Chris” Smith – July 11, 1972 – September 29, 2022 Chris Smith, 50, died at Alive Hospice in Nashville on September 29, 2022, after a valiant and lengthy battle with cancer. He was born in Atlanta, GA to Shirley Jane Smith and the late Reuben McNab Smith. In addition to his mother, he leaves behind his beloved wife of 20 years, Liz Hankla Smith, sons Ben and Hank, brother Slaton (Holly) and ten nieces and nephews. A graduate of Brentwood Academy, Chris completed his studies at Boston College in three years. While working at his parents advertising and PR agency in Nashville, Chris volunteered to coach the lacrosse team at Montgomery Bell Academy and later joined the staff at MBA, working in communications, student advisory and coaching. A former lacrosse Coach of The Year, Chris was instrumental in establishing a championship level lacrosse program at MBA and growing the game across the state of Tennessee. Throughout his life, Chris put others first. His measure of success was helping others find the greatness inside themselves. Over the years, Chris was an advisor and mentor to hundreds of student athletes, making a positive impact on each of their lives. Chris will be remembered fondly by all who knew him for his humility and wit, as well as being an accomplished cook and lover of dogs, especially Bull Terriers. Services for Chris will be held Thursday, October 6, 2022, at Woodmont Christian Church with visitation from 10:00 AM to 12:00 noon in the Carpenter Chapel with memorial service to follow at 12:00 PM in the Sanctuary. Expressions of sympathy can be made to the MBA Lacrosse Team, 4001 Harding Pike, Nashville, TN 37205 or to Woodmont Christian Church Youth Group, 3601 Hillsboro Road, Nashville, TN 37215. Arrangements in the care of Compassion Funeral & Cremation Services, 6949 Charlotte Pike, Suite 104 (615) 857-9955. We proudly remain locally owned & operated.

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  1. We are so sorry for the loss of your beloved husband and father. May his memory always be a blessing. With love, Jen, Wes, Ben and Adam Garland

    A Memorial Tree was planted in memory of Christopher Reuben Smith

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